Workspace and Environment: Joseph Fraioli

Joseph Fraioli has released albums on Planet Mu, Sublight and his own Jafbox Recordings and now runs his own sound design company. You probably know him better as Datach’i. Enjoy!

I was born in Mount Kisco, New York and now live in Brooklyn, New York and have been here for just over 11 years. I was spending so much time in brooklyn and the city that it just made sense to move here.

I’ve been involved with making music since when I got my first guitar from my cousin when I was 10 years old. I eventually started experimenting with it to get new sounds using different tunings and pedal configurations, messing with the tremolo bar, etc. just because I wanted to hear something new. I first discovered sound design when I was 16 and saw a making of Jurassic Park on PBS where they had an interview with Gary Rydstrom. It blew my mind how he combined different animal sounds to make the t-rex and different dinosaurs. It really stuck with me. Years later in 2001, I got my first opportunity to create sound for picture for an installation at the museum of modern art in new york. It was then I realized my passion for sound design for picture. As if all the while I was creating sound for images I had in my head.

In general what keeps me motivated is finding new sounds and developing / implementing new processes.

My favorite pieces of gear would have to be my eurorack modular system and my Pacarana Kyma system. The modular is so great for original source generation. Like every module is an idea and a patch becomes a cohesive thought. The possibilities seem endless and I like how you cant recall anything. Once you take apart a patch thats it, it forces you to be creative in a different way. With Kyma, I love how I can make sound into silly puddy: bending and stretching conventional sounds into something new and different. What really gets interesting for me is using Kyma and the modular together. Another go to processor for me is the Eventide Orville. Such a deep machine especially with the vSig software.

I’ve been really into GRM tools v3 and sound hack pvoc kit lately. Love having granular, pvoc and spectral shapers available as plugins in Pro-Tools to morph and alter sounds with recall.

Workspace and Environment
I like an almost sterile and blank slate feel in the studio the best. It helps me listen, think and feel relaxed. All the gear in there is very purposeful to how I like to work. Ergonomics are pretty important. I love my bungee chair, all I have to do is spin it around and I have access to everything.

Well, I haven’t released music in a bit but the city certainly does have an effect on my work. It’s often either a direct inspiration from my surroundings or escape from them.

Extra Curricular
These days I’m more involved with non-personal projects, I create sound design for advertising and film. I started my own small company called jafbox sound a few years ago and aim to bring innovative feature film quality sound design into all types of media.

jafbox Sound

Pitchfork TV: Behind the Scenes July 2011

This past weekend a couple film crews assembled, shot and recorded six bands from the Pitchfork Festival for Pitchfork TV. Generally I try to avoid location sound work for many reasons but the Yours Truly crew are professional which means they have their shit together and Kyle from Giant System, a friend for years, is as creative as he is a hard worker. This is just random video I shot to try to document our process. Mixing happens this week…

Giant System
Yours Truly
Pitchfork TV

Surachai – To No Avail

Sarah Sitkin is one of my favorite visual artists and am privileged enough to call her a friend. You may have seen her work for John Frusciante, Venetian Snares, Otto von Schirach, Captain Ahab and most recently SONOIO. Despite the playfulness and vivid colors, I always saw a darker side to her work and wanted to exploit it. I sent her the album, it’s lyrics and minimal direction – she went to work and produced some of the most breathtaking work I’ve seen.

I suppose this is the official announcement of a new album to be released in September under an undisclosed label. It’s title is To No Avail and is planned for digital and vinyl release.
Sarah Sitkin Flickr

Tip Top Audio – Polyphonic Modules

Here we go, first polyphonic module to go to pcb prototype! – Gur of Tip Top Audio introducing his first polyphonic design on Muffwiggler.

Tip Top Audio

Richard Has Too Many Friends…

Hilarious thread at Muffwiggler

T_A Synth Event 10: Los Angeles

Day One: September 10th (Limited Space, $10, Requires RSVP)

Day Two: September 11th ($15 Presale, $20 door)

WE ARE COMING TO DESTROY YOU. Full details here!


The closest thing to you being a part of our world: a world filled with horrifying NSFW links (Surachai), constant audio news (Richard), spamming (Justin), living as a musician (Alessandro) and insults (all of us). Follow us!

Alessandro – blindoldfreak

Justin – justinmcgrath

Richard – richarddevine

Surachai – surachai

VaporWave – Acid Jam

This is Richard getting back into his system after being on tour in Europe and taking a break from work… Enjoy!

VaporWave-Acid Jam from Richard Devine on Vimeo.

Late night abstract acid modular jam using the MakeNoise rene, brains, and 4 pressure points. Everything clocked to 1 plan-B mini ELF lfo. Trying to make squelchy acid basslines with the WMD Gamma Wave Source – Dual WaveTable VCO.

Alessandro Cortini – Official Contributor

Alessandro’s SONOIO project has just announced a tour with Ladytron across the US this fall. Details HERE. Aside from that little bit of news, welcome Alessandro to T_A!

Alessandro Cortini’s experience spans from working in the studio and on the road with several notable bands like Nine Inch Nails, Muse, ModWheelMood, Sonoio, Ladytron and many others. He also served on the staff of Musician’s Institute in LA and guest lectures at Berklee School of Music in Boston. He is highly regarded and sought after for his unique approach and experience with synthesizers, specifically his mastery over the arcane Buchla system. Trash_Audio is honored to have him part of the crew.

His contributions to Trash_Audio in the past couple years has been uncredited but now you’ll know where all the cat links originate from.

Alessandro’s Wikipedia
Alessandro’s Twitter


Soundhack PVOC Kit

Tom Erbe’s Pvoc kit was introduced today. I’ve been using Soundhack’s freeware plugins for years and think it might be time to throw down on this kit that includes time pitch & phase: stretching, shifting and smearing. This bundle includes presets made by Richard Devine. Download the demo and grab it for $99.